Black and Blue all over: Hawk's new role

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

What’s going on with Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk? That’s the question asked Thursday by Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Hawk is technically a starter but isn’t involved in most of the Packers’ sub defensive packages. Brandon Chillar and Nick Barnett have been the inside linebackers on passing downs. As a result, Bedard writes, Hawk has played only 31 of a possible 125 snaps the past two games.

Hawk hasn’t said anything publicly to suggest he’s upset, but Bedard notes he sprinted off the field after Sunday’s game against Detroit at Lambeau Field and hasn’t been available for media interviews this week.

The bottom line is that the No. 5 overall pick of the 2006 draft has become a role player. Here’s how coach Mike McCarthy put it, in part: “You go through a process where you try to acquire good football players, and then if you get more than 11 then you have another set of problems.”

Continuing around the NFC North: